Joatinga beach is a hidden piece of paradise in Rio and surrounded by a powerful nature. The sands are white and the sea allows for swimming as well as surfing. A perfect place to relax with family or friends and to enjoy the view of the islands. The waves and the current are quit strong, so it is also a popular spot for surfers. Joatinga beach is located in the middle of the Joá highway, linking São Conrado to Barra da Tijuca. It is only accessible through a private condominium in the hills. From there you have to take the path that goes down between the rocks.
Rodovia Joa, between São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
How to arrive
From Zona Sul take the Estrada da Gávea and turn right in the middle of São Conrado onto Estrada do Joá. Continue uphill until you reach Rua Pascoal Segreto, turning left and carrying on until Rua Sargento Jose da Silva. Parking is limited, and the security will definitely not let you in to the Costa Brava club at the end of the road, but you can ask to have a look around if you are feeling adventurous.